Last week, in the sixth week of this series, Dr. Don G. Pickney revealed the need for the glory of God to come upon the Church and in the body of Christ, between now and the rapture (catching away to Heaven) of the Church. At that time, he opened up a revelation God gave him back in 1977 regarding our differences as the New Creation and, therefore, how our faith may be processed uniquely and differently across a spectrum of believers. He says, “Most believers think that when they were born again they were sort of “cloned” as a New Creature, and that they are identical to all other New Creation believers. The truth in scripture, however, proves just the opposite. We are not identical we are born again to be very unique, with gifts and callings that were made alive spiritually bringing forth the plans God made for us while we were yet in our mother’s womb, the period when God wrote our book.
In this week’s teaching Pastor Don is detailing this scriptural concept and how it affects the way each believer uniquely processes his/her believing. He gives this definition of faith.
“Faith is not a commodity (in the real sense) although in language it fits the definition of a noun. Still it is not an object, has no body of presence in itself, rather it is a word describing the “process and product of believing.” Faith is a noun, and believing is a verb describing the one and same process. When Paul speaks of faith, he is speaking of the ability each person has to “process his/her believing.” How each person processes their believing is a product of who they are. Therefore, each believer’s faith is unique.”
He further typifies this week’s teaching regarding the uniqueness of faith in this way:
“Having “like precious faith” (2Peter 1:1) does not mean that we are “faith clones.” Just the opposite: we have been dealt faith according to our book written when we were born, then further equipped spiritually when we received the New Birth. This may give understanding in our key text of why Paul said, “not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith”
No one person is alike because God has made each of us for a purpose, and when He created us spiritually in Christ, we were made with specific qualities of gifts, callings, strengths, tendencies, etc., activating God’s purpose for our very lives distinguished in our book written by Him as we were being formed in our mother’s womb. This is why you will use your faith in a unique fashion differently than anyone else. There are some things about your faith that you must learn internally in your own personal relationship with God because of its uniqueness from anyone else who has ever lived. THAT IS HOW UNIQUE WE ARE!”
He asks, “Does your faith heal you, or does it activate the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit to bring about your miracle? He concurs with the latter:
“Faith is the process of believing, releasing God’s divine power into a situation. The force working is not “faith” it is the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus did not say of the woman with the issue of blood that, “He felt faith flowing...” rather, “He felt virtue flowing.” Did the woman’s faith make her whole? Yes! It was the woman’s “faith” that prompted that power of the Holy Spirit to begin moving, flowing out of Jesus and creating her miracle. What was creating her miracle was the power of the Holy Spirit. But He told her “Your faith has made you whole.” He was saying to her, “The process of your believing (who you believed in, how you exercised that believing, and the actions in completing your belief) has made you whole.” You see, faith itself has no essence of itself. Thus, you cannot speak of faith apart from believing. Believing is the real essence of what faith is attempting to represent in its existence. Take away believing and faith ceases to exist. Because faith shows up in our language as a noun, some would attempt to make it an object of itself, like electricity, a car or a flower. But that would be incorrect.